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April 27, 2013 1:10:13 AM

which would be better this alien ware:
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or this custom one:
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keeping in mind i need to be able to play battlefield 3 on ultra at high fps AND still have room for more games...thanks.

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April 27, 2013 1:43:30 AM

Never buy alienware. They are by FAR the WORST prebuilt computers you can find for the price, come with massive quantities of bloatware, are cheaply made, and don't pick parts that make any sense at all.

A custom computer will be far, far better. That being said, your link could use a decent amount tweaking - what's your max budget? Ideally, if you'd answer these questions, we'll be able to build the best computer possible for you:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgra...
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April 27, 2013 1:43:59 AM

The custom one is better but if i may make a few suggestions,

a 670 for 420$ is insane..at that price upgrade to a 680 for literally in the ballpark of 20$ more

unless you're an audiophile you don't really need a sound card, in fact I think the Asrock has one, (don't quote me on that though)

get some faster ram

your psu is a bit overkill for a single gpu

unless you specifically want professional for something home premium is a cheaper version of windows 7

if you don't have plans to overclock don't buy the 3570k the premium your paying for an unlocked version would be wasted

-the key factor in how well you'll run your games is your gpu so consider that when you look at your parts
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April 27, 2013 2:04:18 AM

I'd probably look at something in this range:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($219.98 @ Outlet PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($66.61 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card ($373.98 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: Netgear WNA3100M-100ENS 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($77.05 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($95.25 @ Amazon)
Total: $1163.76
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-27 05:00 EDT-0400)

Of course, not knowing if you will use the PC for video editing(necessitating the 16gb's of ram, or an nVidia Gpu for the Cuda cores), or if you plan on either using SLI or perhaps Crossfire down the road which would mean that a slightly beefier PSU would be needed. However, at 1080p this build will actually play games better for less money. You could throw in an SSD for a little over a hundred dollars as well for a more "zippy" system.
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April 27, 2013 2:18:52 AM

DarkSable said:
Never buy alienware. They are by FAR the WORST prebuilt computers you can find for the price, come with massive quantities of bloatware, are cheaply made, and don't pick parts that make any sense at all.

A custom computer will be far, far better. That being said, your link could use a decent amount tweaking - what's your max budget? Ideally, if you'd answer these questions, we'll be able to build the best computer possible for you:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/353572-31-build-upgra...


my max bugget is about £1300

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April 27, 2013 4:19:11 AM

Then take Swordkid's build, upgrade the motherboard to an Extreme 6, get a PCI wifi adapter, which will be much more reliable, and call it good.
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April 27, 2013 10:30:42 AM

I'm assuming UK with that currency, so the build changes a little bit. Adding in what DarkSable said(minus the PCI Wi-Fi adapter, you can choose one of those on your own) we come up with something like:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor (£166.79 @ Aria PC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£24.49 @ CCL Computers)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard (£129.98 @ Amazon UK)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory (£44.29 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk (£170.32 @ Amazon UK)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£49.99 @ Dabs)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 3GB Video Card (£315.28 @ Dabs)
Case: Fractal Design Define R4 w/Window (Black Pearl) ATX Mid Tower Case (£89.98 @ Dabs)
Power Supply: XFX 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£88.00 @ Ebuyer)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer (£15.95 @ Amazon UK)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£68.39 @ Aria PC)
Total: £1163.46
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-27 18:32 BST+0100)

Still quite a bit under budget. Better motherboard, added in a nice SSD and higher wattage PSU for about the same price and swapped video cards.
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